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Bull Pen

Graythwaite near Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1049693)

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • Mr Hann

    “Hello I am sorry to do theirs but I would like to raise a complaint at the ...”

    Hello I am sorry to do theirs but I would like to raise a complaint at the issues we have had during our stay For the whole visit we had hot water for approximately half of one day the rest of the stay the water was cold we could not shower or wash properly the electrician came and fitted a new part on the hot water but this did not improve the issue the water was hot and went cold so quick that only two people could be showered before the water went cold this was terrible for such a large ...

    Hello I am sorry to do theirs but I would like to raise a complaint at the issues we have had during our stay For the whole visit we had hot water for approximately half of one day the rest of the stay the water was cold we could not shower or wash properly the electrician came and fitted a new part on the hot water but this did not improve the issue the water was hot and went cold so quick that only two people could be showered before the water went cold this was terrible for such a large party and new born babies The fridge was in a complete state the smell was terrible and there was rancid waste products behind the fridge we could not use the fridge for approx 36 hours I had to pull the fridge out clean it and disinfect the floors I do not know how the cleaners could miss this There was animal faecies all around the grounds right outside the double patio doors my daughter stood in it when we arrived We did not bring our pets so do not expect this at all There was black mould and damp in the bath rooms this is terrible and not safe at all The upstairs bedroom second from the right the window leaked causing damage to my daughters MacBook Air laptop this now does not switch on I am going to have to get this repaired The bedroom on the far right the radiator nobs are broken and cannot be adjusted causing discomfort during the night The bathroom/shower upstairs on the far right had shelves hanging of the wall The down stairs bedroom had a leak coming from the ceiling leaving water marks on the ceiling At the top of the stairs on the landing the floor was damaged and not load bearing this was unsafe The overall state of the cottage was under maintained and frankly the stay was very unpleasant I had to complain on numerous occasions about things I do not think the cottage was cleaned prior to our stay I spoke to the shop keeper and we nearly went home on day two the only reason we stayed was the adverse weather We came to the cottage with the intent to try it prior to our wedding in September we were hoping to book the whole grounds for our guests I find this very disappointing The cost of the cottage was high for four nights especially when we had no hot water also the other issues we faced The whole party think this trip was ruined The cottage has such potential and looks beautiful but in truth we are very disappointed I have photographs of some of the issues

    - Mr Hann, January 2022

Graythwaite Cottages

Hawkshead 4 miles. Located on a beautiful, 5000-acre private country estate of diverse lake, forest, woodland and meadow landscapes, this charming courtyard of Victorian farm buildings, dating from 1890, sits in a superb central setting for a Lake District getaway to remember. Each of these delightful Lake District cottages has been thoughtfully refurbished and retain much original character, well balanced with modern furnishings and set just one mile from the shores of Lake Windermere. Each has been finished to a high standard, with most offering cosy open fires or wood burners to snuggle beside after a busy day. The nearest Village is Hawkshead, situated 4 miles from the Estate. The nearest train station is Grange-over-sands and the nearest motorway is the M6 (J36). There are some wonderful on-site facilities to take advantage of, which include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room and children’s play area. This magical estate offers an escape to another world with a 2.5-acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the courtyard, which is well stocked with rainbow trout and boasts a serene setting for hazy afternoons spent fly fishing. The estate’s grounds provide a wonderland for all ages and offer plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy a quiet stroll or a gentle cycle along the lakeshore. Make the most of the estate by booking activities with the on-site events team Graythwaite Adventure. The extensive list of premium activities and excursions, designed to keep you entertained regardless of the weather, includes but is not limited to; 4X4 Off-roading, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, RIB tours, Sailing, Bubble Football, Guided Walks, Bush craft and more! All activities can be completely tailored to suit your needs and requirements to create the perfect activity schedule for you. Moreover, if there is an activity that tickles your fancy however is not listed please do not hesitate to contact the team. No request is too big or small, and they will endeavour to do their best to deliver. Graythwaite customers can also avail of a multitude of benefits for local services and attractions. Enjoy discounted rates for Go Ape, mountain bike hire and meals at the nearby Lakeside Hotel. The on-site shop offers everything from milk to luxury local spirits and delicious welcome packs with succulent, locally-sourced food. Get in touch with the Estate to organise your pre-arrival order today. This group of Lake District properties provides an unforgettable escape and is an excellent destination for a special holiday spent relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and fantastic on-site facilities. Booked together, the properties can accommodate 86 people.

The property

Bull Pen is a wonderful stone cottage located near Hawkshead, Cumbria. It is set on a 5,000 acre estate, with plenty of grounds for your dogs to run around and play. Step into the spacious open-plan interior and relax on the plush sofas and armchair with their quirky tartan cushions to keep you extra comfortable. There is an original stone chimney breast housing a cosy woodburning stove, guaranteed to keep you warm during those chilly winter months. The kitchen has a convenient breakfast bar, with a set of fitted wooden units and many modern appliances to suit your needs. Gather around the dining table, with seating for up to ten people and enjoy the benefits of this social space. There are five bedrooms: one ground floor double with a lovely en-suite shower room. The remaining first floor bedrooms consist of one double and three twin, ideal for accommodating families or a group of friends. The bedrooms have a range of furniture, with matching bedside tables and lamps, perfect for some late night reading. The property has one shower room and one bathroom, both with high-quality and modern fixtures and fittings. Outside, the on-site facilities include a luxury indoor heated pool, a tennis court and a children's play area. Off-road parking is available. Hawkshead is ideally located for many attractions. Bridge House is a lovely stone, architectural building, with magnificent views across the local town and is perched over a narrow stream. Bull Pen is the perfect getaway for friends and families.


  • Over two floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size double, 3 x twin
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining and sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating
  • 2 x electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Shared use of estate facilities inc. indoor heated swimming pool and table tennis room (please bring your own racquets and balls)
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 10 cars
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 5.8 miles, pub 3.5 miles
  • Graythwaite fishery is free for all guests and equipment can be hired locally, a small fee is applicable to keep your catch, rod fishing license required
  • Please Note: Minimum 3 night stay
  • Please Note: This property has a £600 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Please Note: For your safety and in line with the Covid-19 guidelines, with effect from the 3rd September 2020 access to the swimming pool will be limited to hourly private sessions, advanced booking is recommended and can be done by contacting estate@graythwaite.com
  • Please consider the following information when making your booking; the owner is doing everything possible to keep the facilities open, but there is a possibility that they may be restricted or closed at the time of your stay if the situation or guidance regarding Covid-19 changes.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £600.

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About the location


Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

Note: Minimum 3 night stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas